I thank the Member for his question. In January, I met members of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to discuss the proposal, and I can confirm that my Department will undertake a preliminary assessment of the traffic impacts of the Knockmore link, the results of which should be available in March. I expect the results to provide objective evidence for further discussion between Transport NI and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council officers.
I thank the Member for that response. Associated with the Knockmore/Sprucefield link, particularly along the Knockmore Road, are junction improvements required as a result of planning articles and housing associated with those. Will the Minister provide an update on those junctions in what is commonly known as the LD1 area?
I thank the Member for his question. My understanding is that TNI is in ongoing negotiations with the development consortia for the financing and building of the three junctions at the LD1 site. I expect that the discussions between TNI, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council planning officers and the developer's agent will continue to facilitate the agreed junction approvals to be implemented. I have agreed to visit the site and meet the developers afterwards to discuss the scheme.